September 2024
Welcome to the Chatburn family! Your new teacher will be Miss O.Connell.
This page may help you get a little bit more information about our lovely school!

CLASS 1 – Please enter the yard through the car park near Chatburn Library and enter and exit through the Class 1 door.

The children will all be given a school book bag donated by The Friends of Chatburn School (FOCS)

They will all have their own plastic cup in the classroom and access to drinking water throughout the day. The cups are washed in the dishwasher every day. 


On PE days the children will come to school in their PE kits; school sweatshirt and trainers instead of school uniform. They can wear black leggings/joggers rather than their shorts if it's cold.

Please don't forget to put names in every item of clothing.

Here are some 'Top Tips' from our previous Reception Class children about starting school !

Send us your pictures of yourself and your favourite things!


My First Day at School

Help your child build an avatar then explore what the first day of school might be like by having a go at classroom activities, playing in the playground and more....



Activities and advice for parents of children starting school

Please click on the links below

Helping my child get ready for school

Hungry Little Minds : Activities and ideas for children from birth to 5

Government Guidance : Helping children aged 2 to 4 to learn at home during coronavirus

Lancashire Early Years Team :  Let's Learn at Home 1
                                                           Let's Learn at Home 2 : water play
                                                           Let's Learn at Home 3 : music
                                                           Let's Learn at Home 4 : boxes
                                                           Let's Learn at Home 5 : colour

Tiny Happy People : Helping you develop your child's communication skills. Explore the simple activities and play ideas and                                        find out about their amazing early development.



 When your child starts school, phonics becomes a big part of everyday life, transforming them from a non-reader to a child who is capable of reading fluently and hopefully spelling accurately by the end of Year 2. 

Phase 1

Early phonics teaching in nursery and at the start of Reception focuses on developing children’s listening skills.

In Phase 1 phonics, children are taught about:

  • Environmental sounds
  • Instrumental sounds
  • Body percussion (e.g. clapping and stamping)
  • Rhythm and rhyme
  • Alliteration
  • Voice sounds
  • Oral blending and segmenting (e.g. hearing that d-o-g makes ‘dog’)

Typical activities for teaching Phase 1 phonics include 'listening' walks, playing and identifying instruments, action songs, learning rhymes and playing games like I Spy.

This phase is intended to develop children’s listening, vocabulary and speaking skills.

Click here for some 'Letter and Sounds' activities you can try with your child at home.

Click here for 'Teach Your Monster to Read'.

Gaining Independence